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    05-20-2010, 10:41 PM
  #11
Green Broke
It's about the same diameter as the length of my lunge line, I can lay the whole thing across it and the round pen is maybe a couple inches wider but that's about it....but I forgot how long my lunge line is...so of course it's always pooled at my feet when I'm trying to lunge. Cinny is a about 15 1/2 hand stock paint very QH typy (everyone thinks he's a QH because he has the same body type as 2 eyed Jack and other "classic" QH's).
     
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    05-20-2010, 10:58 PM
  #12
Trained
I think it depends on what you want to do in it. But agree that 15' is too small if you're wanting to get the horse going. If you're playing with an unsure/untrained horse, I think the bigger the better, to avoid making them feel trapped. I use (disconnected) elec tape and elec fence pickets, so mine's whatever size I want at the time - 12' radius, so 24' diameter is the smallest I would bother with.
     
    05-20-2010, 11:06 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Oh forgot, he's sort of a green broke reclaim. He was broke 5 years ago, sat in a field, ridden last summer until he dumped the person and the she never got on, then he sat all winter, and now I have him. He's normally ultra sensitive as well...you barely tap him with a crop and he acts like you are whipping him with a lunge line so it takes nothing to get him in that "anxiety mode" although he is slowly getting better.

The BO thinks I should not only be able to lunge him w/t/c in there with no problem but should also be able to ride all three gates in there as well. I think she's CRAZY. She says my horse is just spoiled and I'm not hard enough on him and that I need to make him learn to work in there instead of the arena :(.... I think she just doesn't like her arena getting horsy footprints in it. Any time I ride in there she immediately makes her husband pull out the tractor and drag it so it looks perfect again lol.
     
    05-20-2010, 11:10 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Wow, the roundyard I work in is around 45 ft in diameter and I even find that too small for some of the horses!
     
    05-20-2010, 11:26 PM
  #15
Foal
That depends on what you are intendin to do in the round pen.

Usually its where you start horses or "persuade" horses. If that's the case somewhere between 50 foot and 60 foot diameter is nice. It will depend on the panel size and if you one of the lucky ones who can afford a solid wood one then 55 foot.

Horses are pretty uneasy in tight places until they are taught that its ok.
     
    05-21-2010, 12:23 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
He's normally ultra sensitive as well...you barely tap him with a crop and he acts like you are whipping him with a lunge line so it takes nothing to get him in that "anxiety mode" although he is slowly getting better.
That sounds like, IMO he's no where ready for being 'lunged' anyway. What is it you want him to learn with lunging?

I would personally get him 100% trusting of you & your 'toys' first & foremost, so he *knows* that you're not going to beat/kill him with the whip. I would be teaching him to yield(respond, not react) to steady, direct pressure in all sorts of ways first, before then teaching him to yield to implied(suggested, a wave of the rope/whip...) pressure, then when he's reliably responding(not reacting/escaping from) light suggestions, would gradually increase the distance until I'm 'lunging', to teach/reinforce him responding to me at a distance.

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The BO thinks I should not only be able to lunge him w/t/c in there with no problem but should also be able to ride all three gates in there as well. I think she's CRAZY. She says my horse is just spoiled and I'm not hard enough on him
That's her problem(& unfortunately her horse's), not yours. Even if what she says were true, it's your horse, so your choice to 'spoil' him! Don't let her dictate what you should be doing with your horse. If you're unsure, find a *good* trainer/instructor to help you.
     
    05-21-2010, 01:00 AM
  #17
Started
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    05-21-2010, 01:41 AM
  #18
Foal
WOW... 15' is tiny!!

It depends on what it's used for. Most of the smaller ones are for training and the larger ones you can ride in too. I think the most common are 50'
     
    05-21-2010, 08:55 AM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by loosie    
I would personally get him 100% trusting of you & your 'toys' first & foremost, so he *knows* that you're not going to beat/kill him with the whip. I would be teaching him to yield(respond, not react) to steady, direct pressure in all sorts of ways first, before then teaching him to yield to implied(suggested, a wave of the rope/whip...) pressure, then when he's reliably responding(not reacting/escaping from) light suggestions, would gradually increase the distance until I'm 'lunging', to teach/reinforce him responding to me at a distance.
I'm not starting him and he is getting used to "my toys" lol, it's in that round pen that there is a problem. I can rub him all over with a crop, lunge whip, buggy whip, plastic bag, balloons etc, it's just if he is hit with whips that he has the issue and it is slowly resolving as he is learning that I do only tap. He's 7 and was already broke to ride when I got him, I started him back at basics when I got him to "fill in the holes". He w/t/c and halts from any gait in the arena on a lunge line NO PROBLEM. When he halts, he does so correctly with both eyes turned toward me waiting for his next instruction. He leads perfectly, for me, my 10 yr old and my DH. On lead line he walks, trots, backs and yield front or back without me holding the lead line, he just follows where I go. He has done walk trot with a rider and we are progressing. I just think that maybe somewhere in his training he was taken to a small pen and beaten or something because this round pen just makes him roll his eyes, grit his teeth and pin his ears every time I try to work him in it.
     
    05-21-2010, 02:17 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Our round pen is 40' which I find works well. My old barns was probably about 20" waaay too small.
     

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